If you’re like most of us, you have spent 2020 with your butt glued to a chair, brain numb, eyes glazed over, staring at a screen that now encompasses your entire universe.
This universe, or Zoom-verse, is where you conduct most of your social interactions whether its social media, club meetings, internships, work, or school. Living in this Zoom-verse can be very monotonous and gloomy, not to mention taxing on our underworked limbs.
Interacting with the Zoom-verse as a college student is particularly tasking and can lead to burnout. Assignments, tests, responsibilities, and adulting without campus life as a breather can be hard. But there is hope, for there are alternative ways to schedule interludes in your otherwise taxing routine.
You can exercise from home as part of a yoga, aerobic, or pilates class with an instructor online, follow youtube, or just put on some music and do your own routine. You can also stretch out your limbs and get some fresh air by taking a safe walk or bike ride around the block or a nearby park.
You can also get busy in the kitchen, whether it is baking or cooking–and Ha’Am has got you covered with recipes which can be found on the Ha’Am website or through the link below!
Another option, would be doing something exclusively for self-care. This can be reaching out to a therapist or friend for a long chat about you, self-grooming, skin care, having your favorite drink, or taking a bath. Sitting down and meditating is another great idea for something to get you out of the Zoom headspace.
Other ideas include blasting music on high, dancing and singing at the top of your lungs, organizing and clearing out your spaces, and buying a plant and tending to it.
Another alternative could be taking up a hobby, such as drawing, playing an instrument, sewing, or training for a marathon. You can even do a puzzle, read a book, do something for someone else, or even just lie down on the floor and do nothing at all, savoring the fact that you can do nothing for this amount of time.
Scheduling at least one of these breaks for 15 minutes each day can and will help you escape your Zoom-verse and hopefully not make your days as dull or distressing.
Disclaimer- I am not a professional. This advice is from experience and from what is permitted and safe at the time when I am writing this article.